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A Raisin in the Sun

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in A Raisin in the Sun and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"Dreams" by Langston Hughes
(from The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, © 1932)
Summary: This poem describes what happens when a dream dies.

"Emerald City: Third & Pike" by Charlotte Watson Sherman
(from Killing Color, © 1992)
Summary: In this story, a homeless woman tells a passerby what happened to her dreams.

"The Beach Umbrella" by Cyrus Colter
(from The Amoralists and Other Tales: Collected Stories by Cyrus Colter, © 1988)
Summary: Like Walter in A Raisin in the Sun,what the main character in this story wants out of life is very different from what his wife wants.

"Queens, 1963" by Julia Alvarez
(from The Other Side/El Otro Lado, © 1995)
Summary: In this poem, the arrival of African American neighbors reminds the speaker of what it was like when she was the outsider.

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor
(from Everything that Rises Must Converge, © 1965)
Summary: While traveling on an integrated city bus, a middle-aged white son tries to stay aloof from his mother's condescending attitude toward people of color. However, events take a turn that he doesn't expect.

"Judith's Fancy" by Audre Lorde
(from The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems 1987-1992, © 1993)
Summary: In this poem, a white person building an expensive house discovers that her neighbor is black. How will she react?

"Running from Racists," by Susanne Seixas
(from Money, © 1991)
Summary: This is the story of the Long family, who, in 1989, discovers that white neighborhoods can still be hostile to African Americans.

"What is Africa to Me? A Question of Identity" by Pauli Murray
(from Song in a Weary Throat: An American Pilgrimage, ©1987)
Summary: Like Beneatha, Pauli Murray had the chance to go work in Africa and to explore the African roots of her identity. While she was there, she made some surprising discoveries.